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Two men were injured Tuesday in a brazen drive-by shooting in Little Haiti. Police spokeswoman Rosanna Cordero-Stutz and resident Walcott Heriveaux discuss the incident, as well as a witness who did not want to show his face but said that he heard about 30 shots.
A group of brazen drive-by shooters opened fire on two men just a few doors down from a Little Haiti home where officers were executing a search warrant early Tuesday, police said.
The officers were executing the warrant on a gun bounty tip at a home in the 100 block of Northeast 64th Street at about 3 a.m. when one or more suspects who were inside a silver Toyota RAV4 opened fire on the men who were standing outside a home just a few doors down, Miami-Dade Police spokeswoman Lt. Rosanna Cordero-Stutz said.
"There were several officers standing outside of the residence when a vehicle pulled up just south of that address and began shooting into residences and some individuals who were standing in the street," Cordero-Stutz said.
At least two Miami-Dade Police officers opened fire on the vehicle, though it's unknown if anyone was hit, Cordero-Stutz said. The RAV4, which had multiple occupants, fled the scene southbound.
The two unidentified victims, ages 23 and 31, were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center where they were in critical but stable condition, Cordero-Stutz said.
"It is unknown if the individuals that were struck were actually the intended targets of the drive-by, or happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time," she said.
None of the officers were injured.
Police spent the early morning hours searching for the gunmen in the air and on the ground, K9s beside them.
The wild scene had some residents frightened.
"It's very scary. So you driving, you working, you coming at nighttime, you wonder what's going to happen to you," Walcott Heriveaux said.
Police are looking for the RAV4 and the suspects and are ask anyone with information to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.